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AGP sulking, blaming vote division

Written by: Staff
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Guwahati, May 12 (UNI) The AGP is stunned, sulking and trying to find out the reason of the debacle which they never expected.

''The vote division caused us the defeat. The AGP(P) damaged us to some extent. Although they got miniscule votes but that was enough to disturb us in at least six seats,'' AGP spokesman Apurba Kumar Bhattacharya said.

AGP strategist Hitendra Nath Goswami also admitted that after the split, the party became weak at the grass root levels.

He himself lost in Jorhat, a seat AGP had never lost since 1985.

AGP Chief Brindabon Goswami is shell shocked. The party got 24 seats, which is a pretty good performance but not for a party dreaming to form the next government.

''We are yet to come out of the shadow of the misdeeds of Prafulla Kumar Mahanta's AGP government,'' Mr Bhattacharya said.

''The AGP brought Jayaprada, Chandrababu Naidu and Amar Singh in poll campaigns. It actually boomeranged,'' Asom Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, who never misses an opportunity to take a swipe at the AGP, said.

The condition of the AGP(P) is even worse. They had put up 91 candidates and won only one seat, that too Prafulla Kumar Mahanta himself from his bastion of Brahmaputra.

''But the AGP debacle can bring back lady luck to Prafulla Kumar Mahanta. There would be clamour for reunification in the AGP and in that process Brindabon Goswami will have to go,'' political analyst Manoj Kumar Goswami said.

It will be too early to speculate a merger but the AGP camp is in complete disarray after the Assembly results.

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